We’re not sure if climate change is to blame, but we’re not ready to let go of the short hems just yet, even when we’re already in the colder part of the year. And it seems that that feeling is shared by many fashion icons as well, sporting so-called babydoll dresses, sometimes with layers and leggings, other times with the lower limbs all free. The frocks were probably best associated during the 60s and the 70s, something you can expect to spot on period pieces like Mad Men, as well as the 90s to the 00s, but they seem to be having a revival in the current decade. Occasionally they’re confused with nightwear, although the negligees do exist—we’re not here for the lingerie as outerwear, however, but rather the frocks that go all the way above the knee, and is chic in most seasons, including fall. Here are some of our picks from your favorite online shopping destinations.
Our Favorite Baby Doll Dresses on Net-a-Porter
Net-a-Porter is a treasure trove for anything luxury, and is a treat for female fashionistas who like their outfits and accessories branded. It’s home to Anna Sui’s dress that the goth dresser and lover of anything black would want to have, as well as Valentino’s vibrant take that also seems to exude a retro vibe at the same time, amplified by the white neck tie. You can channel your inner rocker chick with black or metallic, as with RIXO London’s mini dresses. The selection’s only common denominator is the short hem, but they’re more than just for showing off your legs.
Our Favorite Baby Doll Dresses on Farfetch
Farfetch’s selection is far more diverse, but the dresses are in no way inferior. Wanna have fun with ruffles and stand out big time in red? Vivetta’s offering is sure to deliver. Don’t have the time to ponder carefully on what to wear but still want to look put together, even on an off-duty day? Alexander McQueen’s mini gives off an indifferent but still fashionable vibe. As if the short skirts are not enough, the femininity is played up even more with florals and pleats for the rest of the choices. Look like you’ve been transported straight from the Swinging Sixties with SEA’s ethno pop dress.
Affordable Babydoll Dresses You Shouldn’t Miss
If you’re strapped for cash but still want to jump into the babydoll dress trend, you’re in luck—we have you covered when it comes to frocks you can get without going over $200. There are gems in Nordstrom, such as the sequin dress that will let you take the spotlight in gold, or you can go for pretty and feminine with muted florals. If you’re pregnant and showing, that’s not enough of an excuse to skip on the babydoll. Kimi and Kai’s dress is suitable for expecting mommas, complete with a pink bow for a chic finish.
The word may not imply that they are the most versatile garments around, but you can do so much more with babydoll dresses than just slipping them on (although it is completely acceptable to have it as it is, don’t get us wrong). You can layer them up, put on tights for extra coverage, and the variety in design allows many chances for personalization, too. The point is, they’re worth that space on your wardrobe for spring and summer, and fall and winter, with enough room for experimenting with other pieces you have in stock.